Open burn period to soon start—open burn permits available April 9
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT
Contact: Wendy Meyer-Schmidt, Public Information Officer
Work Phone: 308.385.5444 ext.148
Cell Phone: 308.391.0961
Release Date: April 5, 2018—Immediate
Open burn period to soon start—open burn permits available next week
GRAND ISLAND, Neb.—The City of Grand Island Fire Department (GIFD) announces the spring open burn period will occur from Sunday, April 15, through Saturday evening, April 28, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Residents will need to purchase a $10 burn permit in order to participate in the spring open burn period. A permit can be purchased weekdays, April 9-27, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Fire Administration suite at Grand Island City Hall, 100 E. First St. Residents burning without a permit will be subject to a fine. Another permit will need to be purchased if participating in the fall open burn period.
The burn period is restricted to properties of owners or occupants of private one and two family dwellings. Burns are restricted to leaves and brush indigenous to the property permitted where no nuisance or hazard is created. Examples include tree branches, tree limbs, leaves, and garden waste. It is a violation of state statute to move leaves or brush to another property to burn.
Fire locations for leaf and brush piles greater than three feet in diameter or two feet in height must be at least 50 feet away from any structure or other combustible material. Fire locations for leaf and brush piles less than three feet in diameter and two feet in height must be at least 25 feet from any structure or other combustible material unless the fire is contained within an approved burning appliance or barrel. If using an approved burning container it must have a one-half inch wire mesh screen which covers the entire opening and should be located at least 15 feet from any structure or other combustible materials.
In addition, burns are not permitted in public ways, city right-of-ways, and alleys. Open fires should constantly be attended by an adult until the fire is extinguished. A water supply or other extinguishing equipment is to be readily available for use.
Residents are reminded no burning is allowed during times of wind speeds 15 miles per hour or greater. GIFD may ban open burning if weather conditions turn hot, dry, and windy. Should this be the case, notification will appear at www.grand-island.com/fire, www.facebook.com/GI.FireDepartment, www.twitter.com/GIFireDept, on Grand Island Television, and will be sent out to local media entities.
The burn period is scheduled twice a year; beginning on the third Sunday in April and running for a 14 day period and then again on the second Sunday in October and running for a 14 day period.
City Code §16-11 states further details about open burning at www.grand-island.com/citycode or residents can contact the Grand Island Fire Department at city hall at 308-385-5450 or any of the four fire stations. A brochure is also available online at http://grand-island.com/home/showdocument?id=4664.
GIFD reminds residents the Transfer Station accepts leaves, tree limbs and tree branches at no cost; therefore the department recommends this means of yard clean up over the use of fires.